Music - The Weather Report and The Tower

This ‘Week’s Selected’, Weather Report, relates to the previous’ UU’s focus on The Manhattan Transfer’s vocal version of ‘Bird Land’. See more in this week’s Extra UU. But here, a portrayal of the legendary band and their concert.

“Weather Report was an American jazz fusion band of the 1970s and early 1980s. The band was initially co-led by the Austrian-born keyboard player Joe Zawinul, the American saxophonist Wayne Shorter and Czech bassist Miroslav Vitouš. Due to creative and financial disagreements Vitouš left the band after a few years. Zawinul took increasing control and steered the band towards a more funk, R&B oriented sound. Other prominent members at various points in the band's lifespan included bassists Alphonso Johnson, Jaco Pastorius and Victor Bailey; and drummers/percussionists Peter Erskine, Alex Acuña, Airto Moreira and Chester Thompson.”

“Alongside Miles Davis's electric bands, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever, and Headhunters, Weather Report is considered to be one of the pre-eminent early jazz fusion bands. As a continuous working unit, Weather Report outlasted all of its contemporaries despite, or perhaps because of, frequent changes of personnel, with a career lasting sixteen years.”

Weather Report - 1976 Montreux Jazz Festival https://youtu.be/LfvfXA2SIRU

Extra UU – Weather Report - Heavy Weather / Birdland

This extra UU continues the 50 P5GO and relates to the previous ‘Twilight Zone’ by Manhattan Transfer’ and the fatal 11/9. Still, just as famous is their vocal version of Birdland. “Birdland is a jazz-fusion instrumental composition written by keyboardist Joe Zawinul of Weather Report. The piece made its debut on Weather Report’s 1977 studio album, Heavy Weather. With "Birdland" at the helm of the album, the song received awards, as well as ranking high on Billboard charts. Birdland that served as a tribute to the New York City jazz club on 52nd street that housed many famous jazz musicians. The song was also named in honor of the man after whom the club was named, Charlie Parker, the 'Bird' himself. It was this club, which he frequented almost daily, that inspired Zawinul to write the song.”

The association in this UU is the heavy weathers forming round the Trump Tower at Manhattan. There is no predictable weather report to all the all the upcomming political quacks, masspsychotic floods, or shitstorm – in this rise and fall of a puppet president. “Let’s rather talk about the weather” is too often abused as disruption to political vital talks.

Weather Report - Heavy Weather (Complete Album)
The Manhattan Transfer - Birdland (1992) + Lyrics